As a cancer caregiver, I'm excited about new technology to improve cancer early detection and save lives. This year in North Dakota, it is estimated that there will be 4,200 new cancer diagnoses and it is also estimated that there will be 1,310 deaths. Several companies are developing blood tests to detect multiple cancers early. These Multi-Cancer Early Detection tests will complement, not replace, early detection tests.

These tests could be life-changing. But only if people can access them. Thank you, Congressman Armstrong, for recognizing the importance of the Medicare Multi-Cancer Early Detection Screening Coverage ACT and has signed on to be a cosponsor of this legislation HB 1946.

This legislation would create a pathway for Medicare to cover this technology following FDA approval. This legislation would ensure Medicare recipients don’t face unacceptable delays in accessing these new tests once approved by the FDA. Medicare already covers early detection tests for common cancers, including breast, colorectal, and prostate cancers, and people on Medicare must have access to new screening options.

Detecting cancer early could be the difference between life and death. Senators Hoeven and Cramer can help save lives in ND by supporting this legislation. I'm grateful Congressman Armstrong supports these measures and urge Sen. Hoeven and Sen. Cramer to do the same and please co-sponsor SB 1873.

Ellen Schafer, Bismarck